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Leaving our Bubbles of Truth

August 7, 2018

A wonderful reflection, Shirley!

A Pastor's Heart

Night Gesture

I batted heads with James in the first weeks I pastored a small church in rural Minnesota. The argument started over a family that was renting our unused parsonage. The summer was hot and humid. Our renter had a large family which meant frequent baths and showers, all adding to the humidity in the house. Years had passed since the last family had lived there. With the building now in use and all that extra humidity, its weak places began to show.   Plaster started falling from the ceiling in upstairs bedrooms and the stairway. Without major repairs the building was not fit for anyone to live in. We all agreed on that.

The problem started when it was time to hand back the rent deposit. Our renter had violated no rules. She was simply in a home that was falling apart and had to move. James wanted…

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